The Smallest Museum

The Smallest Museum

I spotted this tiny museum in a converted phone box just up the lane from my mother’s house in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and made a little film of it for her (I’ve tagged a bit of footage of her garden on the bottom too).

And a snippet of Mum’s garden

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Trodin’s Oven and Heidi’s Hus

Trodin’s Oven and Heidi’s Hus – The building of a clay oven on the site of the Viking House at University Wisconsin, Green Bay, United States of America.

Also features, Mariah on beads briefly, Telga Glima the Swedish games group and a snippet of my storytelling.

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Contemplative Moment
incense and lanterns 02
Incense
dwayne base concrete
dwayne base egg
pre tile base
oven base
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hi

Link to Veikko’s Quest

Balagard Festival, Hancock, Michigan

Norske Hostfest, Minot North Dakota

How to do your Name in Runes plus the greatest hits of my films of Gudvangen

Plus a bonus feature: The Day Dwayne Watersealed the Shed, er, I mean Hus…

boards ready
Seating boards waiting for sealant
equip
Spray Gear
roof
Dwayne Does the Roof
ready
Ready
modern viking
Modern Viking
wall spray
Dwayne Vs the Walls
boards
Only 58 more to Lay Out to Spray
door
One Door Done
hus done
Wood Done
dwayne spray
Hip Hip!!!!

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The Scary Faces in the Gravestone – plus wanders in hidden places of York

The Scary Faces in the Gravestone – plus wanders in hidden places of York

City of York pond in a park

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Happy Times at Høstfest

Happy Times at Høstfest; some fun films and iconic imagery here we go…

There is a link to the full story at the foot of the blog.

Heidi travelled to Sweden to learn her skills with a promise to travel within the US Viking community.

There were activities for children,and everyone else who wanted to have a go.

There are such things as Trolls.

Menominee reconstruction in child size (I really wanted this)…

Carding flax into linen ready for weaving and eventual ironing

Joie’s stall (With singing in the background)

I didn’t manage to catch the Regia Anglorum display area which was brilliant, but here is the side stall.

Beads and Pins

Some bone pins

Through the walk way is an even bigger festival, covering anything and everything American Scandinavian. There are about 15 stages, and lots going on. I was invited to take part in the rope making.

Byebye Høstfest

A bit of reading for along the way

Lots of exciting ideas for activities

https://hostfest.com/experience/viking-village/

Veikko’s Quest the full Finnish story

Balagard Festival

A visit to Njardarheimr Viking Town in Norway

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We Joined the Pumpkin Train

Yes the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin invited me along to tell spooky stories for their Pumpkin Train event. Here are a few films and pics of our time there – and some of my spooky poems below.

We were thrilled to be invited aboard the locomotive engine, a diesel, models of which are still in production or are being renovated for industrial useage.

We were thrilled when Kerry the engine driver invited us aboard the engine. We were there for the Pumpkin Train day so were on our way to the pumpkin patch. The train journey is normally twice as long but is shortened to allow time for everyone to get a pumpkin. Parents and children would all get a pumpkin, so a family of five would gather five pumpkins; and them pumpkins were pretty huge. There were around 1500 of them on the day we were there, and most of them went. They were set out in the shape of a bulls face and it was pretty scattered by we got there in the afternoon.

Kerry is a retired army general who gave forty years of service. Throughout that time he maintained is interest and involvement in museum. He tells me that he was fascinated by the railways from the age of three, and continued to volunteer while he was a general. His workmates told him this was pretty unusual. Most army members who fly accomplish around 2000 hours, Kerry loved to fly, and managed over five thousand hours flight time, plus over five thousand hours flying helicopters. He only stopped flying when he became a general with several thousand under his command.

As you can see, Heidi is an active member of the board, and all the fascinating people I met that day are enthusiastic and give of their time. In Britain if a museum is described as ‘national’ then admission is free and the place is funded, not so here in Wisconsin. This wonderful museum is kept alive by that enthusiasm and the price you pay at the door; your support is what makes the place thrive.

There were giant spooky inflatables everywhere, this one was a favourite for us. Besides Packman we also found ourselves wondering what would Scooby do?

We had a frightening trip along Cass Street too.

My poem We are the Skellies

My poem Watch Out for Witches

Tolkein’s Troll…

Link to Ghost stories

Link to pics of the British National Railway Museum

Our Time at Balagard ‘Viking-age Finland’ 2019

Our Time at Balagard Viking-age Finland 2019

at Finlandia University, Hancock, Michegan, United States of America

Tell Me (Based on Finnish creation) – Listen now…

All stills by Heidi…

dwayne
Dwayne
contemplation
Contemplation between the trees
coming or going
Coming or Going
patchy portrays
Patchy Portrays
weaponisation
Weaponisation
weapon of wonder
Weapon of Wonder
skill veiwing
Skill Viewing
as bloom blooms
As Bloom Blooms
let there be flame
Let The Be Flame
chance to breathe
Chance to Breathe
snuggle in
Snuggle In
finlandia residence
This is a camper
at the bellows
At the Bellows
spice
Spice
seasoned
Seasoned
to camp
To Camp
anita creates
Anita Creates
sheild prep
Sheild Prep
trodin is instructed
Trodin is Instructed
trodin navigates
Trodin Navigates
tims skill
Tim’s Skills
presausage
Pre-sausage
kitchen
Kitchen
audrey treats toby
Audrey’s Treat for Toby
ooodin
“Oooooodin”
workshop near linen
Workshop Near Linen
mariah serves
Mariah Serves
viking sausage
Viking Sausage
hancock canal bridge
Hancock Canal Bridge

Link to Finnish Creation

Link to Tell of Beginnings, Finnish Folklore

Link to Songs of Power from the Kalevala

Listen to Veikko’s Quest

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Tell of Beginnings – A Finnish Creation Tale Collection

 Tell of Beginnings – A Finnish Creation Tale Collection – click to listen

1 cave
2 bard cave
3 old lady cave up
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5 hunter cave up
6 crone cave up
7 bear cave
8 bard cave
9 smith cave
10 soldier cave
11 shaman cave
vin cave
13 drinker cave
14 troll cave up
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16-child-cave-up.jpg
17 healer cave up
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19 man cave up
20 voice cave up

Link to Our Time at Balagard Festival – Forthcoming

Link to Finnish Creation

Link to Songs of Power from the Kalevala

Listen to Veikko’s Quest

Link to Tell of Beginnings, Finnish Folklore

Link to Our Time at Balagard Festival

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